Rod Laver has terrific friendship with Roger Federer, says Bercow

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Rod Laver has terrific friendship with Roger Federer, says Bercow

In an interview to The Australian, British Member of Parliament (MP) John Bercow praised Rod Laver's career. The Brit said: “There is a transcendent greatness about Rod Laver. There is the staggering quality of his play.

Actually, he was the first of the semi-modern greats to deploy heavy topspin on both the forehand and backhand side; he is the all-court player who could win on any surface. But for me his greatness is ­enhanced by his quite extraordinary grace, modesty and self ­effacement."

Bercow, who is the speaker of the House of Commons in the British Parliament, also said, "He derived fantastic joy from playing at the highest level, he revelled in the game and experience of playing and even though nobody has since won the Grand Slam, let alone two, he is so quick to talk about the others who are great like Lew Hoad.

He admired Ellsworth Vines, he has struck up terrific friendship with Roger Federer, he will often praise (Pancho) Gonzales, and he admires Jack Kramer’s record. So his greatness is a combination of competitive triumph and personal conduct”.

Meanwhile John McEnroe spoke about Novak Djokovic: "Novak Djokovic seems a little bit like he has a hangover from the French. He was going for four in-a-row and that's bugging him. He just needs to step up and get into the second week.

I still think he's the big favourite." Federer will play Italy's Matteo Berrettini in the fourth round on Manic Monday.